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In 2000, a two-year-old girl in Haiti contracted polio, and in just a year, 20 additional cases emerged in that country and the Dominican Republic.
Thanks to swift, multinational collaboration, the government and aid agencies helped stifle the outbreak, resulting in more than 90% of children younger than 10 being vaccinated, as reported in the new book Millions Saved: New Cases of Proven Success in Global Health, published by the Center for Global Development. No cases were documented in Haiti after 2001, showing the importance of national immunization campaigns, which are currently facing Taliban resistance in Pakistan and Afghanistan.